Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump 'has foul-mouthed rant' about African nations

Trump had reverted to the worst strains in his political rhetoric. "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources".

In response to the right-wing defences of Trump's statement, people have slammed them on Twitter.

The result was a surreal scene on Friday.

Trump signed a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King Day on Friday, and a video shows Ryan asking him a couple of questions when he finished.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were in a White House meeting with him Thursday when Trump, according to sources, expressed frustration with people coming to the United States from "shithole countries".

An emotional Sunny Hostin on "The View" Friday, noting that her husband's family is from Haiti, said she's always resisted labeling Trump because she couldn't look into his heart. The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010, accounting for less than 2 percent of the USA foreign-born population, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

Although a White House spokesperson on Thursday did not deny that he used the word "shithole", Trump insisted that was "not the language used" in a confusing Twitter rant on Friday.

The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist.

In a statement released on Thursday, the White House did not deny Trump made the remarks. That means there is a tough road ahead, since finding a solution that Mr. Trump and most Republicans will ratify is crucial to any resolution.

Instead, Trump had also invited some of Congress' hard-line opponents of the bipartisan agreement being put together by the six-member working group led by Durbin and Graham.

Although the United States has a complicated racial history, including slavery, segregation and persistent economic disparities between whites and minorities, Trump's most recent predecessors from both parties have used their position to promote equality and have endorsed immigration policies that brought millions of people from Africa and Latin America to the U.S.

But the main impetus for the deal is the fate of the Dreamers. There are now about 700,000 DACA recipients who benefit from temporary work permits and relief from deportation. Paris Dennard, a senior director of strategic communications at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said Trump "understands this community".

In the same way, it boggles the mind that decent Republicans would continue to refuse, year after year, to end the legal limbo of the Dreamers, who could face deportation as early as March.

Journalist Yamiche Alcindor spoke directly with Haiti's ambassador to the U.S., Paul Altidor. But given the way negotiations collapsed this week in such rancorous fashion, it is hard to see lawmakers arriving at a consensus ahead of that deadline. A list maintained by the Washington-based American Foreign Service Association says eight such posts are vacant.

She also believes Trump calling for more Norwegians in place of Haitian, African, and Central-American immigrants is a display of racism.

US Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez called Trump "a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution".

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